We are aware that the planet is in a continuous process of transformation and one of these transformations is the constant diminution of the biodiversity. We watch it every day and some of us are doing something to stop it. Others do nothing and some make it even worse.
It is in the news, it is everywhere: the environment is endangered and the media makes sure we know that every day.
But there is still hope and there are still places on Earth where people can find a lot of species and a lot of wonders. And every day, those places are flooded by people who want to witness this, so it proves once again that there is still hope.
There are places on earth were biodiversity continues to last. For instance, coral reefs hold a quarter of all the marine species. They can be found in the Red Sea near the Egyptian desert, in the Yucatan peninsula or in the Florida Keys. These are truly amazing ecosystems that have not been yet been destroyed by urbanization or other kinds of human influence. They abound in life.
The same kind of natural beauty can be found in the tropical rainforests around the world – in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. In all these places, you will meet about half of the life you can find in the world. They produce about 40% of the world’s oxygen, even though they occupy about 6% of the Earth’s surface. They are a masterpiece of nature, with the four layers of trees, the many species of monkeys that live in there, the more than 1,400 species of plants that give us about a quarter of the medicine we use daily.
But rainforests are endangered by human influence, unlike the coral reefs. We could say that it is a good thing that rainforests are not easy to interfere in, although there are enough other factors that put them in danger.
There are many other species that live in the desert areas around the world. They are considered lifeless environments and unfriendly to life, but they hide about 6,000 plant species and an impressive number of insects and birds.
We have a wonderful world and places where biodiversity can be found. We just need to try to keep them around as much as possible.